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NAACP concerned about voter intimidation at NC polling sites

Posted November 5, 2012

— A day before Election Day, the NAACP is calling on state and federal leaders to protect voters from intimidation that leaders called "beyond troubling."

The request comes after the NAACP says it received a photo of an open-air trailer near an early-polling site in Goldsboro with effigies of former and current elected officials, including President Barack Obama, with nooses around their necks.

Elections officials have already asked Wayne County prosecutors and the U.S. Attorney's Office to investigate the reports.

National NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said at a news conference Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice has also accepted a request by the group to have security and will be across the state to ensure voter rights.

On the state level, state chapter NAACP President Rev. William Barber has asked the North Carolina attorney general and the secretary of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety for security, particularly at polling sites with where minority voters have felt intimidated.

State Board of Elections Executive Director Gary Bartlett said Monday that county election boards across the state have been advised to monitor for voter intimidation and to call local law enforcement or the FBI to investigate any complaints.

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  • atheistswillrule Nov 9, 1:31 p.m.

    As long as the GOP marginalizes Blacks, Latino's, Gays and Women, they are going to be on the losing end of Presidential races.

  • iron fist Nov 9, 9:51 a.m.

    I think its time to remove this story election has been over for 3 days

  • 68_dodge_polara Nov 8, 4:27 p.m.

    Why is this under Durham news?

  • ladyblue Nov 7, 5:34 p.m.

    what else is new.broken record here.

  • commonsense4 Nov 6, 4:21 p.m.

    "YEA I thought I was going to be attacked by a Demorcrat Saturday in Johnston County when I went to vote-- forcing information in my hand- well I came to vote so I think I had already made up my mind-very rude needless to say her paper ended up in the trash"

    Did she almost beat you up?

  • commonsense4 Nov 6, 4:21 p.m.

    "You're 100% correct. If a White person said the racist things that Al Sharpton and the "New" Black Panthers say every day, that White guy would get kicked out of the country."

    Yes, because they can do that. Newt Gingrich says something racist every other week, and he still is a guest on every sickening GOP-supporting show. Talk about only seeing what you want to see.

  • iron fist Nov 6, 4:10 p.m.

    I will be glad when this day is over, the phones calls will stop, the mail carrier will stop filling my box with ads. I voted two weeks ago. No need to call me I knew who I was voting for.

  • alwaysconcernedmom Nov 6, 3:53 p.m.

    Very racist organization.

    I am happy to report no one said a word to me when I went and voted for a new tomorrow!

  • Common_Sensey Nov 6, 3:16 p.m.

    "so, WRAL is sure to report on this, but nothing about the problems up in Philly"

    No, nobody around here will ever hear of the voter intimidation problems against Republicans up in Philly unless they stop watching Liberal-biased news sources like CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, etc.

  • Common_Sensey Nov 6, 3:07 p.m.

    "The NAACP is as racist as they get....I wish someone would try and intimidate me into voting for whoever I wanted"

    You're 100% correct. If a White person said the racist things that Al Sharpton and the "New" Black Panthers say every day, that White guy would get kicked out of the country.

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